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The Panyu Branch of the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau (Police) arrested Yan Xiancheng, owner of Chengtai Electronics, on January 4, 2009, for suspected criminal offenses under the China Criminal Code of Registered Trademark Counterfeiting. The Panyu Procuratorate issued the arrest warrant that same day.
Mr. Xiancheng is charged with allegedly making and selling copies of Megatouch units and will remain in custody until his trial date. If convicted, Mr. Xiacheng could receive up to seven years imprisonment.
Merit Industries originally filed a complaint with the PSB on February 19, 2008 and Chengtai Electronics was subsequently raided on March 4, 2008. At that time, a large number of copied games, including several Megatouch counterfeits, were seized.
“We applaud the actions of the Chinese government in assisting Merit Industries with the protection of its intellectual property rights in China,” stated Bob Fay, Merit’s Director of Government Relations.
For over 30 years, Merit has ensured long-term return on investment for operators by providing continually high-earning equipment along with updates and upgrades for its products. With an installed base of over 250,000 touchscreen games garnering nearly 4.6 billion plays per year, Merit Entertainment is the worldwide leader in touchscreen entertainment devices. Merit Entertainment products appear globally in a wide array of venues and appeal to an almost limitless demographic. Merit continues to expand its position in the industry with ever-increasing entertainment, content, and new games. The company maintains a website with all the latest information at www.meritgames.com.